Frank Robinson (psychologist and musician)


Frank Robinson (psychologist and musician)

Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson, born 1940, is a blues and boogie-woogie pianist, singer, and psychologist from Detroit, Michigan. At an early age Robinson showed unusual gifts as a self-accompanist and interpreter of blues lyrics. As a child prodigy, he appeared with Count Basie on television, performed with Lionel Hampton and played for President Harry S. Truman at the White House. In 1946 he appeared in the Hollywood movie "No Leave, No Love" with Van Johnson and Keenan Wynn. Robinson continued to tour Europe and America until the mid-1950s when he opted to pursue an academic career. He earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan. Remaining in musical obscurity throughout the latter 20th century, he surfaced in the early 2000s, and has made a comeback with the help of the American Music Research Foundation.


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